You know, before we received those precious keys in our hands, I had a vision of what I wanted my house to look like from head to toe, inside and out. I looked past the mold, the odd layout in the master bath, the ragged deck that should have a roll of caution tape around it and I also looked past the overgrown, poison ivy infested, jungle of a yard. I envisioned a beautiful green masterpiece that is magazine worthy. Can I obtain that? Of course, but the work that has to go into it…WHOOOO Doggy!! My husband is terribly allergic to the poison plants, so I took on the role of Poison Ivy Destroyer. Don’t let the serene tree lined driveway fool you, those trees are infested and neglected.
Here are some other pics of overgrown, half dead foliage.
The work that has to be done is pretty immense, but I’m like the little engine that could…I think I can! Little by little grass is getting tamed, dead, diseased or unwanted foliage is getting the axe, shovel or loppers and I learned how to evict unwanted bag worms from my beautiful big bushes. Bag Worms? Yeaha, I had no clue what they were either. They’re really not worms, but little caterpillars who love to live their little lives on arborvitae and pine trees, mating and eating away in their cozy cocoon houses.
Well, can’t have them killing my pines and arborvitae bushes, so again I become The Destroyer…of bagworms. After researching what to do about getting rid of them, I had to resort to picking them off the bushes (with gloves of course) and throwing them in soapy water. I know, I’m a murderer. Prayers were said. Spraying pesticides is not recommended until Spring when the babies pop out because now the cocoons are so air tight the chemical may not even harm them.
On to happier thoughts. While Yuri was cutting the grass, he stops and calls me over, interrupting my bagworm party. I look down at the ground and what do I see??
Yuri helped me pick her up. I thought she was injured or something cause she let us touch her. About 10 steps in she realized being high off the ground wasn’t her thing so she jumped down and ran under the shed. There were 2 other little ones, siblings I guess. I’m still concerned about where Momma is. I know we have fox and snakes around. Be safe little bunnies!!
Tomorrow is one more day closer to my HGTV pimp my yard dream. More backyard stories to come!